Ride around Newburyport on the Wheelchair Accessible COA Bus
One of the most important services that the Newburyport Council on Aging provides is transportation. Even during the pandemic, the Newburyport COA is available to transport disabled adults of any age and older adults safely to destinations-financial institutions (banks), grocery stores, and hair stylists/barbers-around Newburyport. Medical appointments are prioritized.
The bus operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call the COA to verify availability & schedule a ride at least 24 hours in advance: (978) 462-0430
During the public health emergency, several measures are being taken to ensure the safety of our passengers and drivers. All riders must wear a face covering that properly covers the mouth and nose. A protective plexiglass shield has been installed on the bus and the driver will disinfect between passengers. Whenever possible, windows will be open. Only two passengers are allowed to occupy the bus at the same time.
While the service is complimentary, a $1 donation to offset expenses is appreciated.
To increase your chances of securing a ride, please call in requests at least 48-hours in advance. Because only one bus is currently on the road, last-minute requests can rarely be accommodated.
Out of Town Rides with NEET
Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc. (NEET) is a non-profit volunteer driver program serving older adults in fourteen communities of the Merrimack Valley that supports the operational function of Councils on Aging. All transportation is arranged through local COAs. The service is complimentary, but a free will donation is welcome.
Rides to out-of-town destinations have resumed through the NEET program, (Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc.) New protocols and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of passengers and volunteer drivers.
To take advantage of this valuable service, download the NEET Passenger Registration paperwork here or request that it be mailed to you by calling the Newburyport COA at (978) 462-0430.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer driver for NEET, click here. A typical ride averages 29 miles and 2 hours. Volunteers specify what times they are available and assisting even once per month is very helpful. NEET provides reimbursement at 45 cents/mile and free supplemental insurance.
Additional Transportation Options in Greater Newburyport
A variety of transportation options are offered in Greater Newburyport.
Several are advertised on the NEET Website.